Having content to view may not be the same thing as having content that people watch. And when it comes to measuring success, how many watch, who they are, what they like, and where they go may ultimately determine how successful any piece of content can be. The data behind the content, the analytics and insight derived from who is watching a piece of content is imperative to financial success. It is reminiscent of the adage asking if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, did it make a sound. That data is crucial especially when it drives advertising dollars.
The buzz on measurement of content, whether linear, on demand, streaming, or download requires that it is properly being collected, that it is accurate and correct, and that the time frame in which it is collected is relevant to the process. And for media buyers, that reaching an audience is not just a size based proposition, but also efficiency to a segment of the population you are trying to reach, whether age based, gender, income, purchasing behavior, etc.
The system today seems far from perfect. Do we count live only views, Live and same day delayed, or +3 day or +7 views. Did the pre-roll play, was the sound on, was it fully visible, and is it a real impression? Questions of fraud remain part of the conversation. Still, with verified data, the value is essential in making content profitable.